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What Kind of Leader are You?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

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How to Host an Event Q&A Session

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 06:54 PM

Most people dread the guest speaker Question & Answer ( Q&A) Session- that's because most Q&A session are really poorly run. They are often treated like an after thought, as opposed to a pre- planned part of the learning.

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Forget Fair & Focus on Group Good

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

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Motivational Speaker for Student Nutrition Services Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

This week I had the pleasure of watching Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker and career coach, Delatorro Mc Neal as the closing keynote speaker at a student nutrition services conference.
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How to Roll Out a New Safety Policy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 08:16 AM

When it comes to safety, what looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.

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Principles of Integrity

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

The dictionary definition of Integrity is the state of being whole and undivided.

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Motivational Speaker for School Nutrition Staff

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

On August 18, 2015, I am a motivational speaker for the Hillsborough County Public Schools nutrition staff  conference.

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Benefits of Holding a Meeting Standing up

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

To keep people awake, engaged and interested in a meeting, have all participants stand up.

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Turn Chaos to Calm when you Inherit a Rowdy Group

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 04:13 PM

I was recently a motivational speaker for a school, where I had the pleasure of hearing the school principle give a motivational speech.

She told the story how on her first crack at being a teacher, she stepped into a classroom full of rowdy students. Throughout the speech, she outlined some great ideas to turn chaos to calm when you Inherit a rowdy group.

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Safety Motivational Speaker Jody Urquhart

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Jody Urquhart has several Interactive Keynote Safety Motivational Speeches called:

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How to Influence Groups

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

In their book, SWITCH: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, authors and motivational speakers, Chip and Dan Heath use an interesting analogy to illustrate why we act faster as individuals then we do in group.

The authors suggest that if you were with one other person in a room and that person suffered a heart attack, you would leap into action.

If that same person suffered a heart attack in a room full of other people, you would pause, survey the room,observe others reaction and possibly take action if nobody else did.

What the analogy illustrates is our reaction times are slower in a group because people tend to do things after we see our peers doing them. We follow the crowd.

In another example, obesity is shown to be contagious among our peers.  A Harvard study that lasted over 36 years found that when someone becomes obese, the odds that their friends will become obese triples. The research shows, we instinctively change our idea of what is an acceptable weight by looking at our peers.

The authors and speakers further argue that drinking is contagious, so is marriage, politeness( or lack of) and many other things.

We imitate the behaviour of others, especially when the situation is unfamiliar, like when we go through ambiguous situations and are forced to change.

Thus, if you are trying to get a team to change, it pays to be aware of social cues. Others mimic these cues, so use this to your advantage.

The authors also point to the hotel towel example.

Hotels bathrooms typically display signs to implore guests to reuse hotel towels by asking them to consider the environment. One hotel used another approach, they posted a sign that said the majority of guests reuse their towels at least once during their stay.

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